Bud Kirchner is a serial entrepreneur with over 50 years of operational, transactional and asset management experience and is the Founder and CEO of Kirchner Group. The Kirchner Group is a traditional merchant bank established in 1985. Bud has started and successfully exited companies in industries as diverse as financial services, agribusiness, airline and consulting; he has conducted corporate transactions in over 25 countries. He has been a principal or agent in over 375 private capital ventures.
Bud is also a serial philanthropist and is active in a variety of impact activities. He is the co-founder of the Christopher Douglas Hidden Angel Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to enriching the lives of individuals with cognitive, emotional, and/or physical impairments through programs centered on the use of multi-sensory environments. He is also co-founder of The Food Security Group which is the Agricultural Impact Arm of the Kirchner Group and is focused on harnessing the power of entrepreneurial for-profit enterprises to accelerate the global deployment of ground breaking agricultural technologies. This group attempts to address the challenges of producing sufficient food to feed the world’s expanding population.
Bud is also a serial sponsor of Impact Activities via the ‘Kirchner Impact Foundation’ which is based on innovative approaches to sustainability in areas such as Agriculture & Food, Health & Life Sciences, Education as well as Energy Efficiency & Cleantech.